Kemal Demirasal: where to eat in İzmir
Kemal Demirasal grew up in Alaçatı, a peninsular town about a half an hour’s drive east from downtown İzmir. The area is famous for two things: windsurfing – which he did professionally until he was 27 – and incredible food, which he’s been making ever since. Most recently, this has been at his own restaurant, The Counter on Golborne Road, a modern ocakbasi, where he cooks high-end Turkish food over an open-fire charcoal grill. We talked to him about what and where to eat in his home region.